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Old 05-14-2016, 02:14 PM
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Hi Friends,
I purchased two budgies from Petco (I didn't know that there were parakeet "mills" when I got them.)
Anyway I noticed as soon as I got each home and in their new cages that their wings are cut dangerously short!
It's so upsetting to see because if they slip, or miss hopping perch to perch they can't fly to catch themselves.
About how long will it take to grow back? Will it be all the way until their first molt?
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Stacy,

Honestly, it may take up to a year for all of their flight feathers to grow back fully. Birds moult in stages, else they would be completely helpless, so one moult they may get back one flight on each wing, two tail feathers, and lots of little body feathers. The next moult they may grow back two more flights, a few cheek spots, and one tail feather, etc.

They generally will figure out that climbing is the safest way to get places so maybe they'll do that more.

My girl was originally from PetCo because like you, I was unaware of the problem of bird mills when I got her

It took her around nine months to get enough flights in as well as enough flying experience to successfully be airborne for more than a few seconds.
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Now we know better!!

Yes my birds are climbers. Limón is pretty good at jumping and balancing but I alwas make sure to handle him where if he decides to take off he won't smash his breastbone on the hardwood floors.
I also keep a close eye on his body language to watch for signs he's bored with me and about to try to fly.
Now the poor new baby, the blue on has awful balance. I feel so bad for him. I'm hoping exercising on the jungle gym I'm buying for them will huild his wing strength. I have his perches very close together because the poor dear couldn't even hop from perch to perch without tumbling to the bottom of his cage

Wow, a whole year... that's a bunmer. I do appreciate your help. Where can O find pictures of your budgies?
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Surely under your loving care they'll be just fine Poor little blue baby, babies tend to be clumsy already and since he's so young as well as clipped, that probably adds to his falling.

If he continues to do so, I'd consider padding his cage bottom with an old towel so he doesn't hurt himself.

Oh, and here's a few of my latest photo threads My budgie is Mallorn, she's three, and we also have a dove, Tilda.

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-pictur...e-eyes%7E.html
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You're not kidding, they really did clip them extremely short! But don't worry, within a matter of months they should at least lose a couple or few wing feathers, and even that much will make a difference in regard to dropping like a rock. My birds seem to molt a couple times a year (my budgies maybe more sometimes) and with every molt they'll lose several flight feathers.

A towel on the bottom like StarlingWings suggested is a good idea. A large towel where you can fold it (into more than one layer) will increase padding too.
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Thank you thank you! What a wonderful group yall are! I have plenty of spare towels so I'll line his cage with them. I can't stand seeing him fall
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Oh goodness! You've just showed me my little ones wings are too short too! Hers look identical to your wing cuts and I always cringe when she flies into things or slides to a stop. She won't even fly anymore actually unless she has to and it breaks my heart. Unlike yours however, mine is hand reared and from a reputable breeder whose main complaint is... Surprise! He clips his wings too short.

Be sure to watch how they grow in by the way! My girl has her left wing growing way faster than her right and when she tries to fly does a sharp turn to the ground and can't control her flight. We spoke to the avian vet via phone about repairing it but they recommended against it as she's in her baby moult... I feel so bad for her though.


From the back up close


The left up close


The right up close


From underneath - you'll notice the right side isn't growing in but the left is... Odd...

Here's a photo of the night she came home. She's the violet blue girl. Their both from the same breeder and around the same age. Mine is part English which is why she's larger.



And here's a great photo of her wings now - almost two months later when she's doing normal budgie stuff.



I wish your babies all the best though and hopefully they'll grow out quickly!

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Though I can appreciate there may be valid reasons for wing clipping on occasions, they seem to be those that benefit the owner, not the bird. The overall idea of wing clipping makes me feel slightly sick.

Wishing quick re-growing to both birds and a return to your budgies' right to be able to fly freely.
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Bluebell,
Thank you for sharing your pictures. Your budgies are beautiful!! I also cringe when they crash or fall.
I'm hoping that by the time they grow out, they will all be pretty well hand tamed and hopefully with persistence and patience I'll have them flying to me on command.
I plan to keep them very close to fully feathered. Because my two youngest children (9 and almost 5) havent yet picked up that "please keep the door closed!!!" Actually means to keep the door closed, I'm not going to keep the budgies fully flighted, but I want them to be able to fly a decent height and get some distance as well.

Thank you Stranding!! Our poor budgies resemble penguins more thsn budgies
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